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WWW Turns 25

Original World Wide Web Proposal by Tim Berners-Lee [Ref 1]

Original World Wide Web Proposal by Tim Berners-Lee [Ref 1]

What started out as a modest proposal for a computer system for file sharing and linking pages together is known to most people today as the world wide web (www). The proposal is shown above and was written by a British computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee, and not Al Gore as some of us casually joke.

The original project was designed for CERN (“Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire” translated European Council for Nuclear Research), the organization that Berners-Lee was working with at the time. Using a MAC computer, Berners-Lee created the first web browser and called it WorldWideWeb. This action was followed by building the first ever web pages….and the earliest version of the web was born. Back in 1992, I was already using email in the California gas and electric utility where I worked at the time, and we were actually looking at both Mosaic and Netscape as browsers. The web’s growth in popularity began with the introduction of the Mosaic web browser.

Like so many others, my life has been changed by the web – the way I work, do business, and communicate. New applications are being developed each day as the web, now 25 years old and a young adult, continues to evolve.


1. Information Management, A Proposal, http://www.w3.org/History/1989/proposal.html


About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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